‘Honour’ To Fly Stranded Odias Back Home: Pilot Madhusmita Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: People across Odisha are now sending their wishes to state’s first woman flight commander, Capt. Madhusmita Patnaik, who operated a special chartered flight bringing stranded Odias from UAE to Bhubaneswar yesterday.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also congratulated Madhusmita Patnaik and her team for undertaking the mission during the times of COVID-19 pandemic.
I am sure our brothers and sisters in the flight would have been equally delighted to have Odisha’s first woman flight commander fly them back home.
More power to you. https://t.co/pUHGCuycug
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) June 15, 2020
Moved by the love and support, Madhusmita thanked the people of the State and tweeted, “It was my honour and privilege to operate a special #repatriation flight for the #strandedOdiasInUAE on behalf of #airarabia from #sharjah to #Bhubaneswar. It was a memorable flight and I was fortunate to have the support of a great team and a superb airline.” (sic)
It was my honour and privilege to operate a special #repatriation flight for the #strandedOdiasInUAE on behalf of #airarabia from #sharjah to #Bhubaneswar. It was a memorable flight and I was fortunate to have the support of a great team and a superb airline @airarabiagroup pic.twitter.com/9AHFrQjVdb
— Capt Madhu (@madhu_capt) June 15, 2020
The flight with 215 stranded Odias onboard took off from Sharjah International Airport at around 8 AM (UAE time) on June 14 and landed at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar in the afternoon.
Flight carrying 215 Odias takes off from Dubai. The flight is being piloted by captain from #Odisha, Madhusmita who makes the announcement in Odia & wishes the flyers for #RajaParba #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/nZzT8ZGLEL
— OTV (@otvnews) June 14, 2020
Chandra Sekhar Khuntia of the Odia Society in UAE had intervened to repatriate Odias stranded in the UAE. Later, the Odia Society in UAE with help of the Indian Embassy based in the Gulf country, India’s External Affairs Ministry and the UAE government initiated special measures for the special chartered flight.